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  • Getting the Facts About Fiberglass Insulation

    If you are looking into new insulation for your building, then fiberglass is likely to be one of the options that you are considering. It has a proven track record of providing effective insulation for both homes and businesses, and it is lower in cost than some other insulation options. Could fiberglass insulation be the right choice for your Long Island home? Here are the facts you need to know.

    Fiberglass came into prominence in the 1970s.

    Before fiberglass insulation became a popular choice, asbestos was commonly used for home insulation. Around the mid-1970s, the link between asbestos and respiratory health issues such as lung cancer became clear. Since that time, fiberglass has become the preferred insulation choice for many home and business owners. It has demonstrated its safety and effectiveness time and again in the subsequent decades.

    Fiberglass is actually made of glass.

    Fiberglass looks like cotton candy, and the way it is made is not entirely different. Fiberglass consists of thin threads of glass that were created after melted glass was spun through a centrifuge that has tiny holes. Although touching fiberglass won’t cut you, thin shreds of it can sometimes get under the skin of people who work with it. Despite this, there is no evidence that fiberglass insulation is dangerous either to the people who install it or the people who live in homes that are insulated by it.

    Fiberglass offers multiple benefits.

    One of the reasons fiberglass is so popular is that it is both affordable and effective. There is no temperature at which fiberglass will burn. It may melt in a fire, but it will never burn and cause the fire to spread, although sometimes the liner put over the fiberglass will. It is easy to install and can be used in different forms throughout the house. Because fiberglass is not an organic material, it is harder for mold to grow on it than it is on some other forms of insulation.

    Choosing insulation for a new construction project or for retrofitting is a big decision. Let our experts help you make the right choice for your specific needs, so you can reap all of the benefits of lower energy bills and a more comfortable home. You can learn about all of our types of insulation on our website , and don’t forget to visit our blog for more great tips about home and commercial insulation.

  • Steps to Take Before Insulation Installation

    Installing new insulation to replace an old product or improve the comfort and efficiency of your home is a smart investment that will provide rewards for years to come. Especially if you’ve never scheduled insulation service for your Long Island home before, knowing what to expect, how to prepare your home, and the steps your installer will take to complete this task will help this process proceed more smoothly.

    Have Your Home Energy Audited

    An energy audit is often the first step in the insulation installation process. Energy audits are services that evaluate the efficiency of your home by looking at factors such as the quality and performance of the insulation you have installed, as well as the condition of windows, doors, and other access points that may allow conditioned air—and energy—to escape from your home. An energy audit also evaluates your HVAC system to check for common issues such as duct deterioration or leaks, which can cause air loss within your home that could be costing you extra money as well. Once your energy audit is complete, your service technician will help you determine the best insulation for your needs and whether services such as HVAC maintenance or repairs should be performed prior to insulation installation to ensure maximum comfort and financial benefit.

    Ask About the Installation Process

    Most attic insulation installations can be completed in as little as two hours, but larger attics or more extensive insulation services could take several hours or even a few days. Talk to your insulation service about the estimated length of installation and make sure to schedule this service for a time you won’t feel rushed or otherwise concerned about your schedule. You may also want to ask about the number of installers to expect and the amount of noise the work may generate. If you have a family pet or young children that might be bothered by the noise or activity, you may want to arrange for them to spend the day elsewhere while installers are present. Alternatively, keeping your pet in a bathroom or bedroom while workers complete your installation is a great idea for safety and convenience.

    Expect Some Dust

    Your insulation installers will take care to keep your home as neat and clean as possible throughout the process. Installers will also respect your property and let you know if any valuables or decorations should be moved from the area before work begins. However, some insulation products can generate dust during installation, particularly cellulose fibers. While this dust is not harmful, it can remain in your home after work is complete, so plan to change your HVAC filter after your workers leave and check back in a few weeks to determine if your filter needs changing again. If possible, airing out your home using fans or by opening windows for a few hours can help to clear dust from insulation work as well.

    We are pleased to offer both comprehensive insulation and general HVAC services in Long Island and the New York metropolitan area. Our service experts can help you with every step of your insulation installation, from helping you choose the best insulation product for your needs to ensuring your HVAC system and home are ready prior to our professional insulation installation service. If you’d like to learn more about our products and services, including attic and basement insulation, Icynene spray foam insulation, soundproofing, flooring, and energy audits, please visit our website or check out our blog .